Year 4, SOLO Exhibition

DAVID B. FRYE, THE RETURN OF THE MACK  

Exhibition Dates: November 02nd—November 25th, 2018 
Opening Reception: Friday, November 02nd, 7:00pm–9:30pm 
Exhibition Curator: Linda Griggs
 
Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick is pleased to welcome you to THE RETURN OF THE MACK, our second solo exhibition of the work of David B. Frye, showing both paintings and sculptures from the artist’s contentious “Lincoln paintings” series.


The artist's previous solo with the gallery was titled, "So what did you do with the Money? The Monetized Negro and the Poltergeist of my Family's Story within American History" and was exhibited in September of 2017.  

ARTIST EXHIBITION STATEMENT

“The Lincoln Paintings were made between 2003-2015. They were the result of a kind of epiphany. At the time I began making them, I began to believe that people had begun to ignore objective truth wherever it frustrated their aims. I began to toy with the idea of creating false historical paintings and painting scenes that had never happened. I spent time pondering what such a painting would contain. What I reasoned is as follows:

American historical painting has, for the most part, always been about ideals and ideal realities. Americana is an ideal representation of the glory of us. Through this device painting is frequently pressed into the service of some perceived “good” to our society. I think of the happy slaves one sees romping through their chores at the splendid home of George Washington. I can promise you all, there is such a painting. It hangs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I did not paint it, of course, but it is as much a product of lies as any thing I have ever dreamt up. Such a painting not only tells the “story of George Washington,” it supports an ideal social order that many Americans are comfortable with believing. Think of pious Christian mothers free from the struggles and trials of women, or walls filled with images of those soldiers who do not bleed, but walk eternally towards the glory of battle. Our national story is made clean by means of these symbolic realities. Our history is thereby expunged of the lessons hidden in its tragedy. This may be seen as the noble lie that Plato spoke of.

Years ago, while I was attending a funeral reception, an old friend commented on his horror at seeing two men kiss. He went further to express his contempt for gay marriage. The whole time he was speaking his children played in front of a blaring television. On the T.V. screen were images of the burnt bodies of two men hanging from a bridge. The Iraq war was decent enough for his children, but sex never! It was then that I began to really wonder: what could be making so many people blind? Violence is all around and few people act to stop it. Very few people curse and oppose violence the way they oppose equality for gays. People speak out on somber occasions, organize voter referendums, and scream all night in churches to stop sex. The fact that American children are being shot on the way to school proves my point. There are limits on who can see sex, still more limits on who can buy or sell sex. However, anybody can buy a gun in most places. Then use it to adjudicate the most petty of grievances. I am convinced that no amount of depicting violence as it is would cause reflection, or even discussion. My work uses sexual imagery as a form of protest. I have asked myself, “Is a dick in somebody else’s ass worse than a child being shot on the way to school?” (Although violence endures as a constant.)

Even though violence is the wallpaper in the kitchen of our national home, and as such ignored, I hope for a time where love is the law, and kindness a standard.”

—David B. Frye, New York, 2018

Image: A painting detail from "Dejuener sur la Whiteman"


ABOUT ART DURING THE OCCUPATION GALLERY

Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick is a not for profit contemporary art space showing subversive and difficult work. We delight in serving as a platform for discourse on work that is challenging to authority paradigms, feminist, queer, anti-establishment, hyper-aggressive, mystic, and/or joyously sexual.

Art During The Occupation Gallery, Bushwick
119 Ingraham Street
Ground Floor Main Gallery in the Brooklyn Fire Proof Building
Brooklyn, New York 11237
Metro Stop: L Train, Morgan Street Stop 

Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm, and also by private appointment.

Web: 
www.art-during-the-occupation-gallery.com
Telephone: (646) 872-9990
Email: ArtDuringTheOccupationGallery@gmail.com

Instagram: @artduringtheoccupationgallery and Hashtag: #artduringtheoccupationgallery
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Year 4 Performance Exhibition

RUPTURE
An Experiential Art Performance by
Eric Gottshall with Adriana Norat
 
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday November 13th and Wednesday November 14th at 7:30pm
Performance Duration: 35 minutes followed by a reception and social for the artists

Dance/Choreography: Lexi Thrash And Kelsey Kramer
Guest Musical Artists: Sonpekiza And Marcel Krasner


Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick is pleased to welcome you to RUPTURE, a 2-night performance this November at the gallery presenting an experiential fusion of dance, sound art, and wearable sculpture.

Performance artist Eric Gottshall, along with sound artist Adriana Norat will analyze the concepts of inherent fear and human pessimism within our contemporary western society. Through use of dance, live musical scores, and perception altering wearables, the themes of displacement, death, and social progression will be explored. 

Tickets for these vanguard performances are $15 with all of these monies going directly to the artists.

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Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick is a not for profit contemporary art space showing subversive and difficult work. We delight in serving as a platform for discourse on work that is challenging to authority paradigms, feminist, queer, anti-establishment, hyper-aggressive, mystic, and/or joyously sexual.

Art During The Occupation Gallery, Bushwick

119 Ingraham Street, Ground Floor Main Gallery in the Brooklyn Fire Proof Building
Brooklyn, New York 11237
Metro Stop: L Train, Morgan Street Stop 

Web: www.art-during-the-occupation-gallery.com
Email: ArtDuringTheOccupationGallery@gmail.com

Instagram: @artduringtheoccupationgallery and Hashtag: #artduringtheoccupationgallery
Facebook:www.facebook.com/ArtDuringTheOccupationGallery



Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick is a not for profit contemporary art space showing subversive and difficult work. We delight in serving as a platform for discourse on work that is challenging to authority paradigms, feminist, queer, anti-establishment, hyper-aggressive, mystic, and/or joyously sexual.

Our gallery was launched in 2015 by Christopher Stout who serves as gallery founder and director.

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Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick

(formerly Christopher Stout Gallery, New York)

119 Ingraham Street
Ground Floor Main Gallery in the Brooklyn Fire Proof Building
Brooklyn, New York 11237
Metro Stop: L Train, Morgan Street Stop 

Gallery Hours: Saturday, and Sunday 1-5pm, and also by private appointment.

Web: 
www.art-during-the-occupation-gallery.com
Telephone: (646) 872-9990

Email: ArtDuringTheOccupationGallery@gmail.com

Instagram: @artduringtheoccupationgallery and Hashtag: #artduringtheoccupationgallery
Facebook:www.facebook.com/ArtDuringTheOccupationGallery